Aaron Nystedt

Co-Founder

Aaron attended Saint Cloud State University (SCSU) where he received his B.S. in Community Psychology. He obtained his masters from SCSU in Applied Behavior Analysis where he conducted research on non-contingent reinforcement interventions and error correction procedures. Aaron is a conference presentation award winner and has previously sat as a chair member on the MNABA board. He has been working in the field of ABA since 2006. His experience includes functional behavior assessment, function-based intervention, and social skills training with clients from ages 18 months to 81 years of age. Aaron has been a BCBA since January 2011 and has an extensive history of working in staff leadership roles and developing multiple BCBAs clinical skill sets.

Leah Wood

Co-Founder

Leah attended Murray State University where she received her B.A. in Psychology and Social Welfare. She completed her masters in Experimental Psychology where she conducted research on decision-making styles and emotional intelligence. Leah later earned her post-masters certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of Colorado, Denver. She has been working in the field of ABA since 2008. Her experience includes conducting functional assessments, behavior reduction programming, in-home case management, parent training, early-intervention, and social skills training with clients from age 1-50+. Leah has been a BCBA since May 2013.

Elizabeth Grishaw

Clinical Director

Elizabeth attended Santa Clara University where she received her B.S. Psychology and her B.A. in Music (Violin Performance). She completed her masters degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis at Penn State. She has worked in the field of ABA since 2014. Her experience includes conducting functional assessments, behavior reduction programming, verbal behavior intervention, in-home case management, ABA parent training, early intervention, and social skills training for clients aged 1 to 19 years of age. Elizabeth has been a BCBA since 2017.

She is also a Safety Care Trainer for both the core curriculum and the Safety Care for Families curriculum. She’s been a Safety Care Trainer since 2017.

Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys hiking, spending time with friends and family, and playing the violin in orchestras throughout the Bay Area. She also volunteers monthly hosting a trivia night for adults with special needs!

Kevin Casaretto

BCBA

Kevin was born and raised in the Bay Area and attended University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) where he received his B.A. in Psychology. He completed his masters from Florida Institute of Technology in Professional Behavioral Analysis. He has been working with children in daycares and camps since 2012 and has been in the field of ABA since 2015. His experience includes early intensive behavioral intervention, verbal behavior intervention, function-based intervention, challenging behavior reduction, social skills training, ABA parent training, and social group facilitation with clients ages 18 months to 23 years of age. Kevin’s favorite part of being a BCBA, in addition to being silly with clients, is increasing the quality of life for all of the client’s and families he serves. His hobbies include DJing, outrigger canoeing in the Bay, and following the Golden State Warriors.

Carolina Cordova

Behavior Analyst

Carolina obtained her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism from Ball State University. She has been working in the field of ABA since 2017. Her experience includes early-intervention, skill acquisition training, behavioral skills training, and implementation of behavior reduction programs with clients from 18 months to 11 years of age.

Rachel Duff

Operations Supervisor

Rachel received her undergraduate instruction from Cal State University of Long Beach with special focus in Creative Writing. She has been working in the ABA industry since 2014 with a life long passion for the special needs community. She currently handles a variety of operational tasks such as compliance, insurance inquiries, scheduling and billing while implementing our core values agency-wide.

Chaileen Smith-Preis

Recruitment Coordinator

Chaileen attended the University of California Davis where she received her B.A. in Psychology. Chaileen first started working in the field of ABA in 2014 and received her RBT certification in 2019. Her experience includes early intervention services for clients from 20 months to 11 years of age. Her other responsibilities include staff recruitment as well as social media and company newsletter management.

Brandi Rhodes

Program Supervisor

Brandi was born and raised in the Bay Area. She attended California State University East Bay (CSUEB) and received her B.A. in Human Development with a specialization in Early Childhood Development. Brandi taught preschool for 3 1/2 years before entering into the field of ABA in 2016. She has experience working with individuals ages 2 through 65 on daily living skills, communication, social skills, and training caregivers on treatment interventions. In addition to providing direct services, she enjoys teaching clinicians how to use the foundational skills of ABA and runs new hire training here at Bay ABA. Outside of work, Brandi enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with her son.

Jeneen Naser

Program Supervisor

Jeneen was born and raised in the Bay Area and attended San Jose State University where she received her B.A in Child and Adolescent Development. Jeneen has worked in the field of ABA for 2 years and is currently enrolled in her Master's Program for Behavioral Analysis/Special Education at Arizona State University. Jeneen has recently taken on the role of a Program Supervisor and is passionate about expanding her experience and knowledge in the field of ABA

Our employees represent a diverse workforce! Bay ABA does not discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, mental or physical disability, or age. We are an inclusive workplace that promotes all backgrounds!